Pack your bags and prepare yourself for an adventure to the most dazzling regions of South Africa. The ancestral home of the Zulu people, KwaZulu-Natal combines traditional South African heritage and sweeping, unspoiled vistas with world-renowned beaches, cosmopolitan urban centers, and a remarkably diverse cuisine. Book a stay in one of our KwaZulu-Natal vacation rentals to experience this exquisite region for yourself - before the secret gets out!
The province of KwaZulu-Natal lies on South Africa's sun-dappled eastern coast, north of the ruggedly beautiful Eastern Cape and southeast of the capital city of Johannesburg. Its 360 miles of shoreline are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and range from pristine tropical beaches to marine estuaries teeming with dolphins, hippos, and crocodiles. Further inland, its western border is lined by the cloud-scraping Drakensberg Mountains, whose imposing cliffs are sliced through with sweeping plateaus, tumbling waterfalls, and lush valleys.
One of the most geographically diverse areas in all of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal has something for everyone: the adrenaline junkie, the culture-seeker, the bargain-hunter, the laid-back beachgoer. With big game reserves, nature preserves, and dozens of charming coastal towns to choose from, you'll never lack for adventure.
For an up-close-and-personal encounter with South Africa's wildlife, plan a safari to the Elephant Coast, where you'll find the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. These spectacular landscapes are home to the coveted Big Five - leopard, buffalo, rhino, lion, and (of course) elephant - along with whales, zebras, and countless varieties of birds. Explore the parks by foot, jeep, canoe, or even horseback!
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal's capital city, Durban, offers the chance for a less wild (but no less exhilarating!) South African getaway. A bustling port city with 320 days of sun per year and golden-sanded beaches, Durban has quietly become one of the world's top surfing cities, thanks to its majestic swells and warm water. The city center is home to vibrant bazaar markets and a first-rate cultural scene, and its prime location along Highway 2 makes it easy to explore its smaller, sleepier neighbors along the coast, home to their own world-class beaches and coral reefs.
And then there's the Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in South Africa, whose breathtaking peaks have to be seen to be believed. These mountains offer arguably the best hiking, white water rafting, and mountain biking in the entire country - not to mention hundreds of miles of stunning scenery. Bring your camera and get ready to make all your friends back home green with envy.
From mountain adventures and thrilling safaris to lazy days lounging on the beach, our KwaZulu-Natal vacation rentals are the key to a spectacular South African vacation. Book yours now for a trip you'll never forget!
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